Bucs oust Saints to reach NFC title game

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) Tom Brady's best game in three tries against New Orleans kept the Buccaneers moving on in the NFL playoffs, and has Saints quarterback Drew Brees headed home - perhaps for good.

Brady and the Bucs' offense turned three of four Saints turnovers into touchdowns and Tampa Bay beat New Orleans 30-20 in the divisional round of the playoffs Sunday night.

Two of those touchdowns came on short passes to Mike Evans and Leonard Fournette. And after linebacker Devin White snagged the second of thee interceptions thrown by Brees, Brady drove the Bucs to the 1, from where he scored himself with 4:57 left to virtually ensure his 14th trip to a conference championship game - his first in the NFC.

Sub Henne helps Chiefs hold off Browns

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs had lost Patrick Mahomes to a concussion and were in danger of losing the game.

Then their defense and Chad Henne - their defense and Chad Henne?! - along with a gutsy call by Andy Reid kept their hopes of a Super Bowl repeat alive, holding off the Cleveland Browns 22-17 on Sunday to advance to their third straight AFC championship game. (MORE)

Chargers tab Rams DC Staley as new coach

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) Brandon Staley won't have to move that far for his first head coaching opportunity.

Staley agreed to become the Los Angeles Chargers' coach on Sunday night after one season as the defensive coordinator for the crosstown Rams. (MORE)

Brees mum on future after Saints' exit

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Nearly two hours after the New Orleans Saints' season had ended, Drew Brees stood on the Superdome field in street clothes, throwing passes to his children while his wife, Brittany, captured images of those moments with her cell phone.

Brees routinely throws the ball around with his kids after home games, but after a 30-20 playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night, he lingered longer than usual - and there was no telling whether that familiar postgame scene would play out again. (MORE)

Gonzaga, Baylor stay 1-2; Duke falls out

Gonzaga and Baylor maintained their grip on the top two spots in The Associated Press men's basketball poll Monday.

If third-ranked Villanova ever plays a game, perhaps it will make a run a them. (MORE)

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